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How do I create a PDF document?

You can create PDF documents from almost any application you use on your computer. PDF documents are created through a process similar to printing so you will usually NOT find PDF as a file type in a Save window.

For Macintosh users:

Creation of PDF documents is native to Mac OS X so no additional software or configuration is needed.
  • Choose Print from your application's File menu
  • Click the PDF button located at the lower left of the Print window.
  • Choose Save as PDF... from the drop down menu.
  • Enter the name you want for the name of the PDF document, choose the location and click Save.
For Windows XP users:

To create PDF documents, a PDF "printer" needs to be installed on your computer.
  • Go to http ://
  • Click Free Download on the left side of the window.
  • Click Save File
  • Open the file you have just downloaded - the name is CuteWriter.exe
  • If you receive security type messages choose OK and/or Run
  • Choose Next in the Setup - CutePDF Writer window
  • Choose I accept the agreement and click Next
  • Click Install
  • At the notice "CutePDF Writer must be used with PS2PDF converter." ..., choose Yes.
  • After a few seconds, you may notice a momentary flash of a black window - this means the setup is complete.
  • It is recommended you Restart your computer now before continuing.
  • Open the document from which you want to create a PDF document.
  • Choose Print from the application's File menu
  • Choose CutePDF Writer from the drop down menu adjacent to Name: in the Printer section of the Print window.
  • Click OK.
  • Enter a name for your PDF document, choose the location and click Save.
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